Alpina watches-- what's the deal?

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    Alpina watches-- what's the deal?

    I have run across some interesting models from Alpina, yet I don't know too much about the company itself. Can anyone give some insight to Alpina. I know they are Swiss made and use common movements, but from there..?
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    Re: Alpina watches-- what's the deal?

    Hi,

    My two cents for what it's worth...

    I was really interested in buying one of their GMT/Chrono models
    when the brand first reintroduced itself. The photos on their web
    site looked great, however in person I found that the fit/finish of
    their dials (and especially) the hands left a little to be desired.
    Also, while winding the chrono version I thought the crown/stem
    felt a little weak (watch was hard to wind and stem felt like it was
    bending a little when turning). The hands and the way the watch
    felt while winding kept me from buying... If they'd fix those items
    I might be complelled to look again...

    Also, FYI, I asked a similar question on these when they first
    came out and the only responses I received were negative ones
    due to movement problems... Watches inop after a few weeks
    and very long service times quoted by dealers...

    Just some things to consider...


    Tks...


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    Re: Alpina watches-- what's the deal?

    I purchased an Avalanche Regulator [SS case, black dial, rubber strap] from a USA authorized dealer this past November. It uses a Unitas manual wind movement. A couple of weeks ago the winding operation did not stop as it should when fully wound. Talked with the dealer, returned it for service and had it back in less than one week. As far as I can tell, both before and after that service, time keeping is quite reliable. I am pleased with the watch.

    BTW - that model is currently in short supply or unavailable in the US.

    Martin

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    Re: Alpina watches-- what's the deal?

    I beleive Federique Constant recently bought that brand

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    Exclamation Alpina and Frederick Constant

    I just contacted my ALPINA dealer. He said Alpina "just picked up Frederick Constant", that Alpina has been making movements for Constant and they have "always been together".

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    Re: Alpina and Frederick Constant

    Quote Originally Posted by M. R. Gluck View Post
    I just contacted my ALPINA dealer. He said Alpina "just picked up Frederick Constant", that Alpina has been making movements for Constant and they have "always been together".

    Martin
    Sorry Martin but in the December IW magazine there is an article about Federique Constant and their growth of 25 -30% annually and its recent acquisition of Alpina. You may want to correct your dealer and his information. I think this was also discussed at TZ.
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    Re: Alpina and Frederick Constant

    Quote Originally Posted by jk103 View Post
    Sorry Martin but in the December IW magazine there is an article about Federique Constant and their growth of 25 -30% annually and its recent acquisition of Alpina. You may want to correct your dealer and his information. I think this was also discussed at TZ.
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    I wondered! Thanks for the correction - Martin

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    Re: Alpina and Frederick Constant

    Quote Originally Posted by M. R. Gluck View Post
    I just contacted my ALPINA dealer. He said Alpina "just picked up Frederick Constant", that Alpina has been making movements for Constant and they have "always been together".

    Martin
    "Just" (picked up) ?

    In February 2002, Frédérique Constant Genève purchased Alpina Watch International SA. Frédérique Constant until then produced mainly classical-looking mechanical watches, and decided to develop a new sports collection under the name Alpina, perpetuating the Alpina heritage.

    (Quote: Peter Stas)"While Frédérique Constant is heavily investing in this new building, the company will remain 100 percent committed to continue the successful strategy of offering Swiss Made watches with passion at sensible prices," Mr. Stas said. "With the slogan 'Live your passion,' we will continue development and production of exciting new collections. Our plans, including the recent acquisition of the Alpina watch brand (www.alpina-watches.com), give us strong confidence that we can continue our growth in the future."

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    Re: Alpina watches-- what's the deal? Mike's Note

    Thank you for the correct details - I had been thinking of asking for your knowledgeable comment. I assume my dealer is not very precise in his reporting - but the service was good and I am pleased with my black AVALANCHE REGULATOR. :thanks

    By the way - to get to ALPINA'S interactive web site from my computer the address is:

    http://www.alpina-watches.com/corporate/Home.asp

    The other address gets to a picture of the EXTREME and nothing more.

    Regards - Martin

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    Re: Alpina watches-- what's the deal? Mike's Note

    Quote Originally Posted by M. R. Gluck View Post
    Thank you for the correct details - I had been thinking of asking for your knowledgeable comment. I assume my dealer is not very precise in his reporting - but the service was good and I am pleased with my black AVALANCHE REGULATOR. :thanks

    By the way - to get to ALPINA'S interactive web site from my computer the address is:

    http://www.alpina-watches.com/corporate/Home.asp

    The other address gets to a picture of the EXTREME and nothing more.

    Regards - Martin
    I don't think the recent buyout will hurt the brand only help I personally like Federique Constant and their current views & philosophy. They are still relatively new and I think they will eventually become a brand to reckon with.

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